Ladies Aran Crew Neck Ribbed Sweater
- Constructed of 100% Merino Wool keeps you warm and comfortable with none of the scratchiness common with other wool types.
- The sweater is designed with a mix of cable, diamond, and basket stitches, each an example of Aran timeless sweater designs. They symbolize the ropes, seaweed farms, baskets and nets that offer sustenance to the people of the remote islands.
- The sweater is available in Natural, Ruby red and Wedgewood blue colors. It is also available in small to extra-large sizes.
- It is designed and crafted by West End Ltd in Ireland, a renowned Irish company with a long history of producing quality authentic Aran garments.
- Features an Aran Turtleneck design, an eye-catching design set to light up any occasion.
Traditional Aran sweaters were designed with a crew neck, this sweater in comparison borrows ancient Aran patterns applying them in a distinctly modern fashion. The turtle neck and mix of patterns are bold statements, with deep representations from Irish cultures. This sweater, though modern, picks from both new age and old-fashioned designs resulting in a mix that is set to stand out in any occasion.
The cable, diamond, and basket stitches are Irish knitwear classic design that give this gorgeous sweater a wonderful texture and depth. Each of these stitches holds a special significance to the people of the Aran islands, who for decades have been living off the sea, through harvesting seaweed and fishing. The cable pattern on this sweater is representative of the fishing ropes used by fishermen signifying a good catch. The diamond patterns are symbolic of the diamond-shaped seaweed farms on the remote islands of Aran, as well as the nets used for fishing signifying good fortune. The basket stitches like the cable stitch signify a good catch and are representative of the basket used for fishing in Aran culture.
The Aran sweaters have a rich history. The name was derived from the Aran islands located off the West coast of Ireland. The original Aran sweater had an off-white color, with cable patterns designed on the sleeves and body. Traditionally, these sweaters were crafted using unscoured wool that naturally retained its natural oils, that gave the sweaters a water-resistant nature. The distinct style of knitting was developed to provide better insulation for the wearer compared to a flat sweater since air gets trapped in raised patterns and warming up the body. Ever since, these distinct patterns have become emblematic of the rugged landscape beauty of the island as well as its Irish occupants.
This sweater is designed and crafted by West End Knitwear Ltd. This company was founded in 1957 by Molly Cullen, after crafting unique Aran designs with her mother and grandmother for years. Her vision was to create a company that would produce garments whose heritage stretched back over hundreds of years. Molly’s grandmother, Kate Oshea in 1856, was the first craftswoman in Ireland to handknit her designs commercially. Molly Cullen later recognized an active market for fashion-oriented Aran knitwear and founded West End Knitwear Ltd in her hometown of Monasterevin. In the light of their mother, the company is still run by her sons, John and Paul Cullen, who grabbed the opportunity incorporating the best aspects of their mother’s traditional Aran knitwear into fashionable modern styles.
Available in Natural ruby red and Wedgewood blue, this lady’s sweater is ideal as a fashion statement for chilly occasions. Its vibrant colors and distinct knitting design are eye-striking and give a sense of sophistication and comfort.